India resolved to eliminate measles and control rubella/congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) by 2020. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik flagged off a Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccination campaign that will cover around 1.13 crore children in the state. Health Minister Pratap Jena said the drive will continue till March 26 and will cover children between the ages of nine months and 15 years. After the vaccination campaign, MR vaccine will replace Measles Vaccine in the Routine Immunisation programme. ‘The campaign launched to vaccinate around 1.13 crore children in Odisha demonstrates India's commitment to improve health and well-being of its people by protecting children against vaccine preventable diseases.’ The MR vaccine is being introduced in the state for the first time in the immunisation programme. During the initial two weeks of the campaign, vaccination will be done in all schools. The next two weeks will see vaccination at the community level and the last week will be devoted to mop up activities in low coverage areas, both in schools and the community, said a health official. For its successful implementation, the Health, Education, ST, SC Development, Panchayati Raj and Housing and Urban Development Departments are working together. "All districts are in readiness for implementation of the campaign and IEC activities have been conducted throughout the state for generating community awareness," said the official. Measles and Rubella are two viral diseases which are among the major causes of morbidity and mortality in children. Measles is a serious illness affecting children below 15 years of age. Without proper management, it can lead to complications and even death. Measles vaccination is presently given under the immunisation programme, the official added.Source: IANS << Hugging Someone from the Left Side Demonstrates More Emotion Oxygen Bubble Burst to Make Breast Cancers More Susceptible ... >> Recommended Reading Measles Outbreak Kills 58 Children in Indonesia Indonesian authorities are struggling to contain a month-long outbreak of measles in easternmost Papua province. READ MORE Odisha Government Launches Three Phase Measles Vaccination Campaign The government aims to vaccinate all children through the campaign to eradicate measles and rubella virus. READ MORE Measles Deaths Decline Annual death rates of measles come down to 90,000 worldwide last year, reported World Health Organization (WHO) and other international agencies. READ MORE Failure to Vaccinate Linked to Incidence of Measles in the U.S. Failure to vaccinate for measles may be the main driver of disease transmission accounting for the relative increase in measles rate in the United States. READ MORE Top 10 Vaccine Myths Debunked Childhood vaccination has saved many lives, yet lots more has to be done to increase awareness and eliminate myths regarding vaccines. READ MORE Traveling with Children Abroad? - Parents, Stay Alert! Traveling with children is always challenging as it involves careful planning. Here are some precautions that need to be taken when traveling abroad with kids. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Vent Forte (Theophylline) Blood - Sugar Chart Drug Interaction Checker More News on: Top 10 Vaccine Myths DebunkedTraveling with Children Abroad? - Parents, Stay Alert!